One of the things we love most about working with so many different schools is seeing the creative ways each school uses Beehively to connect with their community. The Spotlight feature contains such varied content from school to school, that we thought you might like to see what others are doing with it.
What is the Spotlight?
The Spotlight is a section on your school’s private Beehively homepage, as well as on each classroom, subject, and group page that is designed to share information in an easy to digest, visual manner. Schools often use the Spotlight section to highlight school or student achievements, post information about upcoming events, or share key learning standards or expectations.
Student Learning Expectations
At St. John Vianney School in Rancho Cordova, First Grade Teacher and Assistant Principal Gloria Reali uses the Spotlight section to highlight Student Learning Expectations and the week’s spelling list.
The SLEs (Student Learning Expectations) are something we like to instill in all of our students; it is a priority. We say and discuss them daily. My hope is that parents will view them when they are in a prominent place to have a better idea of what we are doing in class. There is no searching for them in a newsletter. Same with the spelling words. New memos may come up during the week, but the spelling words are easily found since they stay in the Spotlight. Frequently, I also look for an image for the Spotlight reflecting what we are doing in religion. Since we are a Catholic school, it is important to have the whole family on board with what we are currently learning about.
St. James School in Davis finds that parents appreciate having the week’s events highlighted in the Spotlight feature. Having the current week’s event as the home page spotlight allows parents to access this information as soon as they log into Beehively, without any additional clicks. Technology instructor Charlottle Strutzel shares why her school uses the Spotlight section for Current Events:
We use the Spotlight for Current events because we can post what is happening at a glance on the home page. It is an easy way to get the information our to the community, and it is easy to change weekly.
We would like to thank St. John Vianney School and St. James School for allowing us to share their best practices. To learn more about using Spotlights, check out our Create a Spotlight guide.
If you would like to share the unique ways you’re using Beehively, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.